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A client asked me to mask/map an image on a low-poly graphic triangular graphic.
What is the best and or easiest way to to create an image overlay in 3D. Not a a low-poly conversion graphic...but to take a photograph and make it look like it is bending or filling into each triangle shape, thanks.
Take a low-poly graphic like this:
and this combined with this:
Design question? I think you have the wrong forum.
On a simple background like this, i actually think you could do it manually with the transform tool in PS. But that, of course, is not the easiest way.
To make it look proper, I think you'd need a 3D program of some sort (not my specialty ;) ), construct the shape in 3D and use the image as a texture.
Otherwise, you could try using the graphic as a bump map. Don't know how precise the results would be :)
Show us an example of what you are looking for. If it's a triangulated person, it'll be different than a projection in 3D.
In 3D you can map the photo onto your object and voila. You can also use a light to project it on something, but that will be more of a pain.
It really depends on what you are looking for as an end result.
in regards to utopian's question on how to do this - if in 3D, you look at the triangulated 3D object straight on, with the photo projected from the same view - it'll just look exactly like the photo.
Hence, you need some movement to be able to see that it's projected onto each triangle face.
So going if your client wants a still image, i'd be better to take your triangle reference photo, make it black and white, then overlay it over the stock photo of the guy in PS.